Desert Camping Despite the endless construction, most of the Gulf remains sandy, untouched and perfect for pitching a tent and singing in front of a toasty fire. Where: There are no official camping sites in Dubai. However, the drive towards Hatta offers many potentials, as well as in the Liwa, Moreeb and Hameem Dunes. Not exactly camping savvy? The beach in Jebel Ali is quite a popular spot, where camping shelter, as well as your own shower, are provided. What you’ll need: Firstly, a permit is required when camping. Then, bring along an exoskeleton tent with a seam-sealed bottom to keep out the sand and creepy crawlies, sleeping bags, a first-aid kit, sun block, insect repellant, lanterns or flashlights (with extra fuel or batteries), your tasty particulars (most of which should be dry or canned), cooking and eating utensils, matches, wet wipes, garbage bags and more bottled water than you’ll possibly need. It’s definitely worth having a read through the UAE Off-Road Explorer, which offers lots of advice for safe and fun outdoor overnighting, including life-saving skills, maps and recommended spots. What to wear: Pack shorts, trousers and shirts made of light fabrics, swimwear, plus flip-flops or beach shoes, and trainers. You’ll also need a mesh-weave brimmed hat that will provide ventilation, as well as shade. Why you’ll love it: Tons of campers flock to Jebel Ali beach, so we imagine a beach party is inevitable at some point. Then, early morning dips, welcoming the day. Price: Fantastically free.